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Partnership for Public Procurement

NIGPFounded in 2011 by CIPS and NIGP, the Partnership brings procurement best practice and professionalism to public sector groups all over via this resource-rich website; your essential resource for tools, processes, guidance and standards.

Vision and Mission

The Partnership for Public Procurement is founded upon a shared vision of public procurement for public good.

Together, CIPS and NIGP will: 

  • Globalize awareness and adoption of the Values, Guiding Principles and Standard Practices of the public procurement profession;
  • Establish consistent global procurement practices through development and transformation services to public sector procurement organizations at all levels of government and professional maturity; 
  • Develop new products and services that extend the organizational effectiveness of procurement within public sector agencies and the professional capabilities of public procurement practitioners.

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Values and Guiding Principles

Values and Guiding Principles

The Partnership champions the adoption of the Values and Guiding Principles (VGPs) of Public Procurement.

Over 80 government agencies and professional associations across the globe have already adopted the VGPs and the Partnership continues to promote them globally as fundamental to good procurement practice.

The establishment of a formalised, reference-able body of values and guiding principles is a milestone development for the public procurement profession. The Values and Guiding Principles provide organisations the foundation upon which to establish their professional identity and their professional practice.

Taxpayers must feel confident that their governments are spending in a manner that is principled, achieves best value and is transparent. Governments that embrace these Values and Guiding Principles - and actively reflect them in their procurement practices - let their communities know that they are supported by professionals committed to practices consistent with the values of good public stewardship.

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How to Become an Adopting or Supporting Organization

Procurement affects and is affected by the public sector organization as a whole, and the community it serves, whether at the local, state, or national level.

Therefore, participation in the collaborative development and adoption of Public Procurement Values and Guiding Principles by all stakeholders is desired. As a way to show support for this collaborative initiative, professional organizations may join as a Supporting Organization or an Adopting Organization.

What is the Difference between a Supporting Organization and an Adopting Organization?

An Adopting Organization is an organization that openly expresses formal approval of the final Values & Guiding Principles and Standards of Practice. The organization takes official action to indicate its approval, agrees to spread the word, and can have the opportunity to add representation to the Review Team. There is no financial commitment.

A Supporting Organization is a public sector organization that supports the concept of the collaborative development of guidance for the public procurement profession. The organization agrees to help spread the word and is encouraged to add representation to the Review Team. There is no financial commitment.

Organizations that are not ready to formally adopt the Values & Guiding Principles and/or the Standards of Practice may choose to become a Supporting Organization. This action is relatively informal, and may be done by the CEO or President of the organization simply by sending an e-mail, indicating the organization’s support to Carol Hodes

We encourage all organizations, and existing Supporting Organizations to consider formally adopting the Values & Guiding Principles. This is a formal approval of the finalized documents and their contents. This action requires an e-mail from an individual with the authority to pledge such support on behalf of your organization. Such e-mails may also be sent to Carol Hodes.



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About the Partnership

About the Partnership

NIGPThe Partnership for Public Procurement was founded in 2011 by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) to apply our combined strength to foster a common international standard of public procurement practice.

The Partnership will support the needs of public sector procurement officials across the world, providing educational resources, organizational development and transformation services. Future developments will enable us to extend the capabilities of procurement practitioners across all levels of experience and organizational maturity.

About CIPS

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply exists to establish and promote high standards of professional skill, ability and integrity among all those engaged in purchasing and supply chain management.

Established in 1932 and receiving its Royal Charter in 1992, CIPS is recognized internationally as a leading body representing the procurement and supply chain management profession. With headquarters in the UK and subsidiaries in Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and China the Institute has a global community of over 94,000 in over 150 countries, making it the largest procurement association in the world.

About NIGP

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement was founded in 1944 and is the largest association focused exclusively on the development, support and promotion of the public procurement profession. The Institute is globally recognized for its educational programs, technical resources, and as a thought leader on public procurement issues.

Together with its 73 North American affiliates, The Institute supports a network of more than 20,000 professionals.